Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Small Progress But More Waiting

Although we're still waiting for our permits, we are much closer. They plans were refiled today so hopefully it will only be a day or two until we get the permits so long as the plan reviewer is satisfied.

We've also learned the value of great neighbors. There was an issue with the corners of property line according to our plat from when we bought the house. Jim went to the County offices to see if he could get a copy of the original plat but it was in very bad condition since it dates back to the early 20th century! So, we had to ask our neighbors for copies of their plats. We now have 3 out of the 4 plats which is great. The 4th is on its way so we should have them all by the end of the week. Fortunately we have incredibly helpful neighbors and they were happy to help - 2 even found their plats for us late last night (thanks Aaron and Mike)! Once we have those we'll be able to move forward. The main reason that we need a highly accurate survey is that we want to put our garage as far back on our property line as allowed by the County (1 foot from the back and side). We don't want to cross that line nor do we want to put the garage any further into our yard than necessary (it's going to small enough as it is!). This all requires a very accurate survey. So, barring any major issues, that should be done by this weekend as well and we'll be ready to pour the slab for the garage with the floor of the basement hopefully in the next 3 weeks or so.

Of course though, we'll probably get our permit this week but the temperatures are going to dip into the teens (really cold for DC) so work may not be able to start in earnest. Jim Cole's sign went up in the yard today, and he took down our garage door and garage door opener in preparation for tearing down the garage very soon. I'll be sure to post pictures once we get started - any day now...

2 comments:

Nicolas said...

Ah, I thought the Garage would be down by now. Hey, what is a plat?

Melissa said...

It's a perfect storm of events... Overzealous plan reviewer, bitter cold weather, inauguration weekend holding up the delivery of the dumpster, etc. Still trying to be patient - no permits yet.

 
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